MLB Free Agency: Where and When Will Kyle Lohse Land?

Gary Ousdahl@@GaryOusdahlCorrespondent IIFebruary 28, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Pitcher Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts while taking on the San Francisco Giants in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Going into the second week of Spring Training, Kyle Lohse remains the most intriguing name available on the free-agent market.

While it seems that rumors surrounding his destination have slowed in the past month, you can bet that uber-agent Scott Boras isn't patiently sitting by the phone waiting for offers to trickle in for his client.

According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, Boras reached out to the Yankees this week, but heard that they weren't interested—even with starter Phil Hughes questionable for Opening Day. 

San Diego's pursuit of him could still be an interesting one-year deal for Lohse, but Padres officials are probably content with the depth of pitching they have going into spring and will almost certainly not want to sacrifice the 13th overall pick in the amateur draft this year to sign him to such a short-term deal.

Cleveland could be another option for Lohse as they would only have to sacrifice a third-round pick to sign him.  However, having recently expanded payroll to accommodate free agents Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, the asking price for Lohse may be out of range for the Indians

The 34-year-old Lohse went 16-3 last season for the Cardinals with a 2.86 ERA and 143 strikeouts.  He also led the league in winning percentage, tied for the lead in games started and finished seventh in National League Cy Young Award voting.   

Lohse can certainly make a huge difference in many starting rotations this year and you have to consider that he may have already signed a multi-year deal if he wasn't represented by Boras.

Nonetheless, he will eventually sign with a team that either doesn't have to surrender a high draft-pick or can land him on a short-term deal for a discounted price.  

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